Herbert B. Peterson, MD, FACOG

Dr. Herbert Peterson

Dr. Herbert Peterson

Director

Herbert B. Peterson, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, is the past chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and is currently a professor in that department as well as the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Peterson’s research is at the interface of medicine and public health and increasingly focuses on the development and application of implementation science in global health, particularly its applied applications.

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Joumana Haidar, MBA

Joumana Haidar, WHO CC Deputy Director

Joumana Haidar

Deputy Director

Joumana Haidar is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, who received her MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in business administration (DBA) at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Her research focus is on the development and application of innovative theories and methodologies to support implementation, using insights from business research and other disciplines.

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Myka Elliott

Joumana Haidar

Myka Elliott

Executive Assistant

Myka Elliott received her BA in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves as the main point of contact for the Collaborating Center and, in that capacity, oversees all incoming and outgoing communications. In addition, she designs and prepares explanatory materials for key stakeholders, manages the Collaborating Center’s website, and provides organizational and administrative support to the Director and Deputy Director.


A. Blanton Godfrey, PhD

Dr. A. Blanton Godfrey

Dr. A. Blanton Godfrey

Lead, Data Visualization and Utilization

A. Blanton Godfrey, the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor of Textile & Apparel Technology & Management at North Carolina State University, is former Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles– the leading institution of its type in the world. He is a globally recognized pioneer in the field of health care quality improvement. Previously, he served as the Chairman and CEO of the Juran Institute – a global leader in quality management – and as Head of the Quality Theory and Technology Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories.


Dean Fixsen, PhD

Dr. Dean Fixsen

Dr. Dean Fixsen

Senior Technical Advisor

Dean Fixsen, former Research Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs to improve the lives of children, families, adults, and society. He is a globally-recognized pioneer of the field of implementation science, founder of the National Implementation Research Network, founder of the Active Implementation Research Network, and the founding past president of both the Global Implementation Initiative and the Global Implementation Society.


Sheila Leatherman, HON FRCP, CBE

Sheila Leatherman

Sheila Leatherman

Senior Advisor

Sheila Leatherman is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is globally recognized for quality of care research and methodologies for evaluating health system performance. She assists countries in developing national quality policies and is the Lead Advisor for WHO’s project on National Quality Policy and Strategy. Her current research focuses on improving safety and quality in extreme adversity.


Tekleab Mekbib, MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Tekleab Mekbib

Dr. Tekleab Mekbib

Affiliate Scientist

Tekleab Mekbib is an obstetrician/gynecologist who was a founding member and past president of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and founding editor-in-chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health – the first journal on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ethiopia. He served as a post-doctoral research fellow with the Center from 2015-2020 and currently maintains an affiliation with the Center in his capacity as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health.


Heather Wire, MEd

Heather Wire

Heather Wire

Instructional Designer

Heather Wire received her MEd in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia and is working towards her doctorate in Instructional Design Leadership at Franklin University. She has extensive experience in instructional strategies, assessment techniques, and innovative technologies. At the Collaborating Center, she uses this experience, and her skills as an instructional designer, to play a key role in developing and providing content for its capacity-building programs in implementation research and implementation practice.


Linda Tawfik, MSc, PhD

Linda Tawfik

Linda Tawfik

Program Manager

Linda Tawfik received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has an extensive background in global health management, implementation of evidence-based interventions, and capacity building. She supports the Center’s work in capacity building in implementation research and implementation practice as well as its efforts in healthcare quality in settings of extreme adversity, including support for the National Quality Policy and Strategy project led by WHO.


Joan Healy, MPH

Joan Healy

Joan Healy

Program Manager

Joan Healy received her MPH from the Gillings School and has extensive background in U.S. and global health systems strengthening and capacity building, including development, testing, implementation and scale-up of interventions to increase access to and quality of health services in Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has most recently managed the Center’s contributions toward the National Family Planning Training Center’s technical assistance and leadership capacity building for Title X grantee organizations and their networks.


Dr. Iman Saleh

Dr. Iman Saleh

Iman M. Saleh, MD, MPH

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Iman Saleh received her MD from Mansoura University and her MPH from the Gillings School. She is a physician with clinical expertise in primary care and women’s health. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate with a focus on the use of implementation and improvement sciences to improve the performance of health systems. She is working with the Center in its implementation capacity building and health systems service delivery strengthening through adaptive leadership.


Monisa Aijaz

Monisa Aijaz

Monisa Aijaz, MBBS, MPH

Research Assistant

Monisa Aijaz received her MBBS from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka, India and her MPH from the Gillings School. She has specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Since completing her MPH, she has supported the Center’s work on adaptive leadership for service system strengthening and implementation capacity building for low- and middle-income countries.


Stephanie Bogdewic

Stephanie Bogdewic

Stephanie Bogdewic, MPH

Research Assistant

Stephanie Bogdewic received her MPH from Columbia University and currently is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School. Her previous experience was centered on designing, implementing, and evaluating family planning and sexual health programs. In her current role, she contributes to the Collaborating Center’s research efforts to improve support for implementation research and implementation practice.


Allysha Choudhury

Allysha Choudhury

Allysha Choudhury, ScM

Research Assistant

Allysha Choudhury received her ScM in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School. She previously worked as a statistics officer at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where she specialized in analysis and visualization of maternal, newborn and child health data and is currently supporting ongoing work on pediatric quality of care with WHO and UNICEF.


Hiba Fatima

Hiba Fatima

Hiba Fatima, MSc

Research Assistant

Hiba Fatima received her MSc from Duke University in global health and is a first- year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School. She previously served as the evaluation coordinator for the National MCH Workforce Development Center, where she used her qualitative analysis skills for impact evaluation. In her current role, she contributes to the Collaborating Center’s research efforts to improve support for implementation research and implementation practice.


Christopher Westgard

Christopher Westgard

Christopher Westgard, MPP

Research Assistant

Christopher Westgard received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Washington and is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. He previously received a Fogarty Global Health Research Fellowship and currently is the Principal Investigator of a Grand Challenges Canada – funded project to investigate an mHealth tool for improving community health agent performance. He is contributing to the Collaborating Center’s research efforts to improve support for implementation research and practice.


Caitlin Williams

Caitlin Williams

Caitlin Williams, MSPH

Research Assistant

Caitlin Williams is the recipient of a Royster Fellowship who received her MSPH from the Department of Maternal and Child Health in the Gillings School and currently is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department. She has provided research and program support to the Center’s collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization and is contributing to the Center’s efforts to improve support for implementation research and implementation practice.